Friday, May 22, 2015

The Sisterhood of the Traveling (Personal Progress) Purse

Kate, my daughter has a very creative and talented Young Women Personal Progress leader.  She creates beautiful works of wonders to encourage the girls to set goals and then work hard to achieve them.

Amy came up with this fun "Traveling PP Purse" to allow the young women to "show off" what they have been working on.  I thought it was a great way to inspire my daughter and others to move forward, just like the purse!

Amy created the traveling purse out of an old pair of jeans.  Lots of ideas of how to do that on Pinterest.

Included in the purse are a couple of journals for recording individual progress of each young woman.  They are asked to write about the fun they are having as well as any encouragement they might have for the next person the purse travels to.

They might choose to add a little something to the purse that relates to the goal they've just accomplished.   

After two weeks the young woman passes it along to another young woman, hence the name of the traveling purse!    

Kate enjoyed participating in the traveling purse project and actually completed 2 of her own PP projects.  A success in my book!

I love leaders and teachers that inspire my children!

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Thank You Very Much!

It's that time again.  Time to say a huge THANK YOU to all those school teachers, administrators and PTA Personnel.

I had ALOT of thank yous to give so I chose a quick, fairly inexpensive way to say thanks.

99 cent basket from Hobby Lobby
Simply Lemonade (single serving size) from local grocers
Fun straws
Cello bag
Bakers Twine
and my favorite treat, 
Sweet Tooth Fairy Cake Bites (under $3.00)

I attached this tag, (which I loved).

Popped the goods in the basket and was ready to deliver my thanks!  I feel very fortunate to be able to have such great people in my life and the lives of my children.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Rustic Wedding Reception

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I promised pictures from my niece's "Rustic Wedding Reception".  Here ya go!

The burlap, lace and baby's-breath jars held a votive candle and created a reception pathway as the sun started to go down in the sky.

An old picnic table held scrapbook pages ready for guest well wishes.  A Honeymoon Fund Jug also adorned the table.

Cowboy Cuties served the refreshments.

Well used luggage and a wooden cart held the wedding gifts along with a huge THANK YOU sign.

Please leave your wishes for the new Mr. and Mrs.

Lots of hanging mason jars.

Vintage, flowering jugs with chalkboard messages were placed as centerpieces on each table.

The new Mr. and Mrs. didn't get much time to sit but their chairs were ready and waiting for a little rest.

Photos of the couple along with favorite marriage quotes were attached on a clothes pinned door.

The Photo Op spot for wedding guests ended up to be lots of fun for all!

Congratulations J + M!

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Rustic Burlap and Lace Bridal Shower

Last summer I was given the privilege of hosting my niece's bridal shower.  She requested decorations brimming with "burlap and lace, and just a little rustic charm."  

The weather cooperated for an outdoor setting.  It was a warm, breezy early summer evening-perfect for entertaining.

We set up Kate's Lemonade Stand to provide cool, refreshing beverages.

Gathered a few of our vintage furniture pieces and placed them in the backyard.  Added market umbrellas, which are neither rustic nor vintage but provided great shade!

Appropriately worn benches and stools provided seating as well as plant stands.

Beautiful baskets and pots of flowering shrubs created a nice addition to the landscaping.

As the guests gathered we offered a little Bride and Groom quiz.  I learned a few new things about the happy couple.  Things like who made the first move, who best knows the countdown to the wedding, who hates spiders more...the answers surprised me!

There were also favorite snacks of the bride and groom.  Take a few scoops!

Inside we served up quite a spread of deliciousness.  Homemade pies from grandma (who is famous for her flaky crusts), cookies, cake pops, strawberry tarts and other favorites of the bride.

If you haven't tasted homemade rhubarb custard pie you haven't lived!

Kisses, of course!

A vintage wooden box held bakery cookies along side cups and plates.

One of the bride's favorite quotes-

We had such good time planning, preparing and hosting all this fun.

Coming up...It's a Rustic Wedding Reception!

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